Kitase, Toriyama confused by Wada FF comments

Tuesday, 9th February 2010 13:43 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Final Fantasy XIII developers Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama have told the EU PS Blog they were both confused at Square president Yoichi Wada’s recent comments on the future of the RPG series.

Last month, Wada said the release of FFXIII could see the death of “this type of game”, but Kitase-san and Toriyama-san said Wada’s comments were taken out of context.

“We don’t know exactly what he meant by that. We don’t really know what he meant by this style of game,” they both said.

“If you consider that during Final Fantasy XIII’s development, at peak time the team consisted of over 300 people. It was a huge team, plus it took a several long years to get the game finished. So, if Mr. Wada meant that we would never make another Final Fantasy title with the similar number of people, taking as long as FFXIII did, we would agree.”

The duo suspect what Wada may have meant there would be smaller development teams in future projects.

“Obviously in the future we want to be much more efficient,” they explained. “Having worked on XIII, we feel that we have got much better at making good games for high definition consoles. In the future our teams will be smaller and more effectively run.

“We suspect that is what Mr. Wada meant by his statement.”

Final Fantasy XIII releases a month from today in the west for PS3 and 360.



  1. Blerk

    They obviously haven’t received their P45s yet. :-)

    #1 5 years ago
  2. PolyGoneWithTheWind

    It would have to be turn-based though and involve some kind of combat sequence with 28 minutes of FMV before security finally escorted you out of the building…

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Gheritt White

    I have a dream… of a world with no J-RPGs… a world in which turn-based combat is replaced by real-time with pause… where plots are neither emo-oriented nor cookie-cutter… and in which developers don’t pander towards 2chan’s lolicon fantasies… I HAVE DREAM TODAY

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Bulk Slash

    You are ambushed by a wild HR representative!
    You take 20HP damage from “Employee timesheets”!
    You take 30HP damage from “Still using turn based battles”!
    You take 45HP damage from “Evidence of surfing for porn during work hours”. It’s super effective!
    Your team was wiped out!

    It’s good to see Square’s executives keep good lines of communication open with their producers rather than keeping in touch through the headlines.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Scyrenn

    I like turn based… :(

    In fact I think I’m gonna play some Shining Force later tonight, just to prove my point… And there’s nothing you can do about it!

    #5 5 years ago
  6. DaMan

    @3 you’re confusing jrpgs with Final Fantasies.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    Because of increased competition and shrinking market share, if it were me, I would keep the overwhelming majority of eastern RPGs on handhelds. Less people, less time, and less investment in making them. Their timeforgoten game design doesn’t look or feel as out of date on a handheld. And nearly everyone in JP owns a handheld.

    So the games would easily reach their intended demoprahpics. It just makes sense. I will stick to Fallout, Dragon Age, Elder Scrolls, DiabloIII, Mass Effect, and WoW.

    #7 5 years ago

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